Deontay Wilder vs Anthony Joshua: Mike Tyson Makes a Surprise Prediction

Published 01/15/2021, 6:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stands in the ring before the start of his title fight against Luis Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder retained his title with a seventh-round knockout. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Heavyweight great Mike Tyson wants Deontay Wilder to fight unified champion Anthony Joshua if the fight against Tyson Fury doesn’t happen. Although Fury is touted to go after Joshua, ‘Iron’ Mike is still willing to see ‘The Bronze Bomber’ replace the current WBC heavyweight champion.

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According to Tyson, Wilder might perform well against Joshua and it can resurrect his dominance in the heavyweight unit. Following his maiden professional loss against Tyson Fury in February, Deontay Wilder hasn’t appeared inside the ring.

It has also affected Wilder’s relevancy as several analysts have ridiculed him, and no longer consider him as a threat to the division. However, Mike Tyson, one of the most lethal KO artists, has billed his support towards Deontay Wilder.

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Tyson has recently connected with Brendan Schaub to shed light on several aspects, one being the current heavyweight title picture. While he praised all the active heavyweights, Tyson also vouched for Wilder vs Joshua.

“I don’t know, but I think if they don’t fight (Joshua and Fury) I think Joshua should fight Wilder and between. I think Wilder is gonna do pretty good at that one,” said Mike Tyson.

“ See he doesn’t seem, like f*** Tyson (Fury) is so awkward. It’s very hard to hit him. He doesn’t look like he is a good boxer. He is a f** monster, he is 10 ft awkward. It’s hard to f*** hit him.”

Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua- The heavyweight ride

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Amongst these three elite contenders, only Tyson Fury is unbeaten in the professional ride. Both Joshua and Wilder have lost one fight each in their career. However, Joshua has avenged the defeat and is once again the unified world champion.

Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder is yet to return from the scratching loss against Tyson Fury that took away his WBC strap. Nevertheless, the current heavyweight roster has several other looming prodigies. Starting from Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, Oleksandr Usyk to youngsters like Daniel Dubois, the heavyweight division is filled with big names.

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So, Wilder needs to return soon and bag a win to continue being a relevant name in the entire title picture. Do you think Deontay Wilder can become a world champion again? What do you make of Mike Tyson’s comments regarding Wilder fighting Joshua?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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